Rightists barred

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The Independent Online
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Germany's biggest far-right party was barred from participation in an eastern state election and suffered the defection of a leading member who accused its leaders of condoning anti-foreigner violence, AP reports from Berlin.

The Republicans were refused space on the 26 June ballot for Saxon-Anhalt because they chose candidates during a secret and therefore undemocratic convention, the state electoral commission decided in Magdeburg.

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